Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A fine how do you do!

"Pierre, a scrappy city of 14,000 that sits smack in the rural center of South Dakota."

This quote was taken from an article on Yahoo about small towns losing their Delta Airlines service. I really don't know if I should feel honored or offended by the NY Times description of my state capital. Well my home state capital not my current state capital. 

First, I had no idea Pierre was that big. Second, I will be looking this weekend to see if it truly is smack in the rural center. East to West sounds about right but I quibble over the North to South center. Who knows maybe I don't know my home state as well as I like to think I do. 

Lastly if you're from SD you will know the correct pronunciation of Pierre is not the French one but instead "Pier", rhymes with dear. There is your useless trivia of the day. Who knows it may get you noticed at a concert by your favorite recording artist. It happened to Kisknit because of me.


  1. Well, now I know how to pronounce that! That saved me a great deal of embarrassment, I'm sure. I'm serious, too... I deal with a lot of people on the phone across the border. I hate it when I pronounce things incorrectly!

  2. Darn straight it did!

  3. Adriene, I would not worry too much about pronouncing that word correctly. We hear it mispronounced so often that even we believe it should sound that way sometimes. Ha